The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, has called for innovative technology in farming to transform Ghana’s agricultural sector.
He said the introduction of technology in farming practices would provide real-time data on weather patterns, pest infestation, and market knowledge to enable farmers to gauge the market and sell their produce to prevent post-harvest losses.
He said the Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP) in its quest to achieve results, collaborated with the Meteorological Agency to provide weather information to farmers during the farming season.
“This has bridged information gaps and enabled farmers to respond swiftly to changing conditions and equipped them with the knowledge needed to make timely and informed decisions,” the Minister said.
Yakubu said this at the 39th Farmers’ Day Celebration in Bolgatanga on the theme: “Delivering Smart Solutions for Sustainable Food Security and Resilience.”
The celebration, which was scheduled to be on December 1, 2023, was postponed to December 8, 2023.
Explaining the reason for the postponement, the Minister said it was intended to enable them effectively plan and bring all award winners in the region together on a common platform to afford them the opportunity to appropriately acknowledge and accordingly honour the gallant farmers for their contributions to nation building.
He said agriculture was the engine of economic development which provided valuable sources of employment for people, most of whom were subsistent farmers.
“It is, therefore, proper that we celebrate and duly recognize and honour the tireless efforts of our gallant farmers and fisher folks for their immense contribution to the Agricultural sector,” he said.
By: Ibrahim Abode | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana